Phentermine is a stimulant that is chemically similar to an amphetamine and is often used as a weight loss treatment.
Like amphetamine it can be an addictive drug, and its use can also entail certain risks, so it cannot be legally obtained except via a doctor's prescription.
Although the use of an addictive drug may seem like an extreme option, doctor's only prescribe Phentermine to people whose obesity level is so out of control it is likely to have a detrimental effect on their health and/or possibly put their life in danger.
A Short History of Phentermine
In 1959, the FDA approved Phentermine for the short-term treatment of obesity and it proved to be such an effective weight loss provider it was available in all US states within a decades and was much sought-after weight loss drug.
Some manufacturers tried to further enhance the potency of Phentermine by combining it with other drugs and, in one case; it was blended with fenfluramine and sold as Fen-Phen. The combination was discontinued after it was linked to heart disease.
Some Popular Phentermine Brands
Although Phentermine is sometimes distributed under its generic name numerous brands are available. Some of which have been developed to release the drug in a specific way. In the case of Metermine, for example, the drug is released quite slowly to provide ongoing appetite support.
Popular Phentermine brands include:
How Phentermine Works
Phentermine helps people to lose weight by acting providing appetite suppression.
Appetite suppressants lessen the desire for food. This allows the user to cut down the size of their food portions and resist the temptation to snack. The subsequent decrease in food results in a lowered calorie intake that forces the body to begin burning fat for extra energy.
Appetite suppression can be brought about in a number of ways, but in the case of Phentermine it is achieved by the drug's ability to stimulate the brain in such a way that chemical changes are produced. The human body is an incredibly complex biological machine that has evolved and improved over many thousands of years and a condition called “fight or flight”, that helped ensure early man's survival, is still necessary to this day.
During periods of danger the body emits a number of hormones (including adrenalin) that can improve the chances of survival when fighting or running for your life. Hunger could be a fatal distraction during a fight or flight scenario, so one of the hormones released is an appetite suppressant. By tricking the body into going into its survival mode Phentermine triggers the release of this natural appetite suppressing hormone.
Phentermine is designed to be used alongside a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise and the prescribing doctor will normally advise on the best course of action to take.
Sometimes doctors recommend taking just one dose per day, before breakfast, but they may suggest some patients take three doses per day (one before each main meal). The dosage is generally 15mg to 37.5mg.
The FDA has only approved Phentermine for short-term use, so the standard treatment period is usually just three to six weeks. However, in some cases the doctor may continue prescribing the drug for up to 12 weeks.
Suitable User Groups
The average Phentermine user is usually someone who is so overweight they are classed as obese and will probably have additional health issues the doctor is concerned about—especially in relation to their obesity. However, certain people will be unable to use the drug. A number of health conditions, including glaucoma and high blood pressure can make the use of Phentermine unsafe; and it should never be used by pregnant women. The drug can also cause unsafe reactions if it is combined with certain medications or supplements; so it is important that prospective Phentermine users make sure their doctor is aware if there is anything that may make the drug an unsuitable option.
Side Effects & Health Considerations
Phentermine usage can result in one or more of many side effects and any user who experiences negative reactions should inform their doctor straight away.
Phentermine-related side effects may include:
- Blurred vision
- Inflammation of the face
- Pounding in the chest
- Uneven heartbeat
- Changes to the mood
- Swollen feet or ankles
- Difficulty breathing
- Headaches and confusion
- Strange behaviour or thoughts
- Dangerous rises in blood pressure
- Inflammation of the lips, tongue, or throat
Although Phentermine can cause a number of negative reactions, some users may be able to use the drug and experience littler or nothing in the way of side effects. It must also be remembered the drug is always used under a doctor's supervision. So even though it cannot be used by certain user groups, and may prove unsuitable for others if severe side effects are experienced, Phentermine still fulfils an important function as weight loss aid for the dangerously obese. It has the potential to improve (or save) lives.
Phentermine Without Prescription
Phentermine can only be obtained via doctor administration, however, alternatives exists that are arguably better than the original prescription only drug. PhenQ for example can everything that Phentermine can such as effectively suppressing appetite but without the potential for side effects.
PhenQ can also act as a fat burner and appetite suppressant. PhenQ is also available to buy without prescription from its own official website.